Blake Island State Park is a 475-acre marine camping park with five miles of saltwater beach shoreline providing magnificent views of the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle skyline. The park is only reachable by tour boat or private boat. Indian-style salmon dinners and demonstrations of Northwest Indian dancing are offered at Tillicum Village, a concession on the island.Want to support Washington State Parks? Get involved by joining a friends' group. For more information, visit the Friends' Group web page.
Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk.
Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.
The park is open year round for camping and day use. There is a seven day overnight moorage limit.
Check-in time, 1 p.m.
Check-out time, 1 p.m.
Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Winter Schedule for all Washington State Parks
Blake Island State Parks Cascadia Marine Trail campground will be closed until further notice due to storm damage. These three campsites will not be available until Spring or early Summer. All other camping areas are open at this time.
NOTE: Moorage and rafting limits for the buoys at Blake Island State Park have changed. Boats 37’ and longer are no longer allowed on the buoys at the south end of the island. Limits are posted on the buoys.
Don't move firewood: Please protect the Pacific Northwest from invasive species by obtaining or purchasing your firewood at or near your camping destination (within 50 miles). Firewood can carry insects and diseases that threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by buying and burning your firewood locally. For more information, visit online at www.dontmovefirewood.org or the Washington Invasive Species Council website.
The Discover Pass now can be used on either of two vehicles!Annual pass: $30
One-day pass: $10
(Transaction and dealer fees may apply)
A Discover Pass is required for motor-vehicle access to state parks and recreation lands managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Exemptions:
Your purchase of the Discover Pass supports recreation on state lands. However, the Discover Pass is not required if you are camping or renting overnight accommodations, for the duration of your stay at that state park. For additional exemptions and more information, please visit the Discover Pass website
The camp ground has 44 standard sites, two primitive sites, three water trail sites, one marine dump station, four restrooms (one ADA) and one shower area.
Three Cascadia Marine Trail sites are located on the west end of the island. These sites are for use by canoers and kayakers only. The primitive sites are available on the south side.
All campsites are first come, first served.
A group camp is available by reservation for groups up to 100 people. Fees vary with size of the group. To make a reservation, visit online
or call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
2013 camping fees:
Please note that the following general
fee information is not customized for each individual park, so not all
fees will apply to all
parks (for example, primitive campsite and dump station fees listed apply only to parks that have primitive campsites and dump stations).
May 15 – Sept. 15 (peak season)
Primitive campsite and water trail camping: $12
Standard campsite: $23 non-premium site, $26 premium site
Partial-utility campsite*: $30 non-premium site, $35 premium site
Full-utility campsite*: $32 non-premium site, $37 premium site
*Please note: Camping fees during the 2013 peak season are $28 for partial-utility sites and $29 for full-utility sites at Beacon Rock, Lewis & Clark and Schafer state parks. These parks are first come, first served.
Jan. 1 – May 14 and Sept. 16 – Dec. 31 (off-peak season)
Primitive campsite and water trail camping: $12
Standard campsite: $22 for non-premium and premium sites
Partial-utility campsite: $28 for non-premium and premium sites
Full-utility campsite: $29 for non-premium and premium sites
Maximum eight people per campsite.
Second vehicle: $10 per night is charged for a second vehicle unless it is towed by a recreational vehicle. Extra vehicles must be parked in designated campsite or extra vehicle parking spaces.
Dump stations (if available): Year-round dump station fees are $5 per use. If you are camping, this fee is included in your campsite fee.
More about park hours
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.
Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park from April 1 through Sept. 30; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
Located between Vashon Island and Bainbridge Island, eight miles west of from Seattle, Wash. in Kitsap County.
Blake Island is accessible only by private boat or tour boats that depart from Seattle and Bremerton. For tour boat information, call Argosy Cruises (206) 622-8687 or (888) 623-1445.
Blake Island downloadable pdf map #1
List of all downloadable Washington State Park maps
Blake Island offers a unique Northwest Indian dining and cultural experience at Tillicum Village. Visitors can enjoy a barbecued salmon dinner cooked in traditional Native American style while watching Northwest Indian dancing. Call Argosy Cruises (206) 622-8687 or (888) 623-1445 for details.
A highlight of the park is its five-mile beach shoreline, which provides views of mountains, volcanoes and the Seattle skyline.
Blake Island was an ancestral camping ground of the Suquamish Indian tribe, and legend has it Chief Seattle was born there. It is believed the island was named by naval explorer Captain Charles Wilkes in honor of George Smith Blake, who commanded U.S. Coast Survey vessels from 1837 to 1848.
William Pitt Trimble acquired the island at the turn of the century and re-named it Trimble Island, transforming it into a magnificent private estate. After his wife was killed in Seattle in 1929, Trimble never returned to the property. The foundation of his mansion still stands, although the home itself has been destroyed by fire .
The property became Blake Island State Park in October, 1974.
The history of the Trimble estate appears on a sign at the site of the former Trimble mansion. (Blake Island was once the private preserve of the William Pitt Trimble family.) Native plants are interpreted in signage on the nature trail.
|Available in the park || |
• Fire wood
T-Shirts, snacks, ice cream, fire logs and camping supplies are available at the park store located in the park office.
|• 8 mi. Hiking Trails|
• 7.5 mi. Bike Trails
|• Boating (saltwater)|
• 1500 feet of moorage (saltwater)
• Fishing (saltwater)
|• Beach Exploration|
• Bird Watching
• 49 Fire Circles
• 2 Fire Circles (sheltered)
• 2 Horseshoe pits
• Interpretive Activities
• Mountain Biking
• 1 Volleyball Field
• Wildlife Viewing
Tillicum Village, a concession on the island, sponsors salmon dinners and Northwest Indian dancing. For reservations/information, call Argosy Cruises (206) 623-1445.
Firewood gathering is not permitted on the island.
A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife website.
Free days at state parks
: Visit Washington state parks for free. The Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park on ten designated free days in 2013.
The 2013 State Parks free days are as follows:
Jan. 21 – In honor of Martin Luther King Day
March 30 – In honor of Washington State Parks' 100th birthday on March 19
April 27 and 28 – National Parks Week
June 1 – National Trails Day
June 8 and 9 – National Get Outdoors Day and Department of Fish and Wildlife Free Fishing weekend
Aug. 4 – Peak season free day
Sept. 28 – National Public Lands Day
Nov. 9 through 11 – Veteran's Day weekend
Please note: A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife during State Parks free days. For more information, please visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov
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||Seattle Aquarium Beach Walk: What lives in the tide pools of Blake Island State Park? Discover the critters living in Puget Sound with beach naturalist from Seattle Aquarium. Additional beach walks at Blake Island State Park are offered June 26 and July 6. For more information about Seattle Aquarium, visit www.seattleaquarium.org.
||Seattle Aquarium Beach Walk: What lives in the tide pools of Blake Island State Park? Discover the critters living in Puget Sound with beach naturalist from Seattle Aquarium. Another beach walk at Blake Island State Park is offered July 6. For more information about Seattle Aquarium, visit www.seattleaquarium.org.
||Seattle Aquarium Beach Walk: What lives in the tide pools of Blake Island State Park? Discover the critters living in Puget Sound with beach naturalist from Seattle Aquarium. Beach naturalist also will be providing information about Seattle Aquarium conservation activities. For more information about Seattle Aquarium, visit www.seattleaquarium.org.
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The park offers 1,500 feet of moorage dock and 24 mooring buoys. Electrical service is available at the docks for a $6 fee. A boat pumpout also is available.Moorage fees
are charged year round for mooring at docks, floats and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m. Daily and annual permits are available. For more information, call (360) 902-8844.
Picnic and Day-use Facilities
Two picnic shelters with a fire circle (no electricity is available) for groups of 100 people or less. To make a reservation, visit online
or call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
Fires are permitted only in designated fire circles at individual campsites. Barbeque grills are located in the day-use area.
|Mammals||Birds||Fish & Sea Life|
• Deer or Elk
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• Doves or Pigeons
• Sea Birds
|Physical Features|| ||Plant Life|| |
|The park is located on an island with five miles of saltwater beach shoreline. The tidelands and bedlands make an underwater park.|| ||• Cedar|
• Douglas Fir
• Moss or Lichens
Park photo gallery